Retailers’ Retailer of the Year (RROTY) Award Finalists 2019

The finalists for the Retailers ‘Retailer of the Year (RROTY) Awards were announced at a special event last night. Voting will now take place among the RROTY Academy, with the winner to be announced at the RROTY Awards ceremony on 27th March at The Guildhall in the City. The awards, in their 21st year, recognise emerging concepts and flourishing operators across the eating out and drinking-out sector.

Good luck to all the finalists, we will see you on the night!


Full list of finalists below:

Best company

  • Azzurri Group
  • Loungers
  • Nando’s
  • The New World Trading Company
  • Stonegate Pub Company
  • Wagamama

Best concept

  • The Botanist
  • Dishoom
  • Giggling Squid
  • The Ivy Collection
  • Loungers
  • Tortilla

Emerging concept

  • Bababoom
  • Blacklock
  • Flight Club
  • Island Poké
  • Mr Fogg’s
  • Vagabond

Best venue

  • Brigadiers, London (JKS Restaurants)
  • Flight Club, Manchester
  • The Florist, Liverpool (NWTC)
  • Mackie Mayor, Manchester (Market Operations)
  • Puttshack, Westfield London (Social Entertainment Ventures)
  • The Royal Foresters, Ascot (Oakman Inns)

Best use of technology

  • Flight Club
  • JD Wetherspoon
  • McDonald’s
  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • Tossed
  • Wagamama

The Evolution Award

  • Caravan
  • Casual Dining Group
  • Novus Leisure
  • The Restaurant Group
  • Tortilla
  • YO! Sushi

Investor of the Year

  • Coca-Cola
  • Fuller, Smith & Turner
  • JAB Holdings
  • The Restaurant Group
  • TDR Capital
  • White Rabbit Fund

Deal of the Year

  • Coca-Cola’s acquisition of Costa
  • JAB Holdings acqusition of Pret a Manger
  • NewRiver’s acquisition of Hawthorn Leisure
  • The Restaurant Group acquisition of Wagamama
  • Stonegate’s Acquisition of Be At One
  • TriSpans’s investment in Rosa’s Thai

Retailers’ Retailer of the Year

  • Steve Holmes, Azzurri Group
  • Clive Watson, City Pub Company
  • Nick Collins, Loungers
  • Andy McCue, The Restaurant Group
  • Simon Longbottom, Stonegate Pub Company
  • Jane Holbrook, Wagamama
  • Alison Brittain, Whitbread